Treatments for Progeria
Treatments for Progeria:
There is no way to prevent progeria, and there are currently no treatments that can cure progeria. However, regular medical care and certain treatments may help to reduce some symptoms and slow progression of the disease.
The care of people with progeria is aimed at minimizing symptoms and maximizing the quality of life as much as possible. Treatment plans are individualized and may include physical therapy occupational therapy to minimize joint stiffness and improve activity and mobility. Dietary treatments may include tube feeding for infants and supplements to help reduce weight loss. Low-dose daily aspirin may be recommended to prevent stroke and heart attack.
Surgical procedures may be recommended in some children with progeria. These include pulling out the baby teeth so that prematurely erupting adult teeth have enough room to develop. Artery bypass surgery or angioplasty may also be recommended to slow the development of cardiovascular disease.
Treatments for the disease are being researched, and there are currently clinical trials taking place to research promising medications called farnesyltransferase inhibitors (FTIs).
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